Clubs and Organisations

Local History: Olicana Historical Society

The Olicana Historical Society, which is affiliated to the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, arranges an annual winter programme of lectures on a variety of subjects of both general and local historical interest.

Meetings are being held in Jack Lofthouse Annexe at The Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley, on the third Thursday of the month September to May  starting at 7.30pm.  Except for The Ilkley Arts Festival Event  November 21st when it will be held in The Sanctuary at Christchurch on The Grove, also at 7.30.

Just come along to a meeting if you wish to join.

Annual Subscription £15


Olicana Historical Society Programme 2024-25

19 September 2024 : Mike Turpin - The Forgotten War in Yorkshire. English Civil
War Battles in 1642/43

17 October : Mike Spence - Craven Place Names
( The May Pickles Memorial Lecture )

21 November : Dave Weldrake - Witchcraft in 16th and 17th Century Yorkshire
( The Ilkley Arts Festival Event. Guests attend free )

19 December : Glenn Parsons - Forgotten Soldiers, Hidden Sacrifices

16 January 2025 : Dr. Simon Ross Valentine - Prophet Wroe of Bowling

20 February : Eric Jackson JP - Model Villages and The Rise of The
Philanthropic Movement

20 March : Prof. Fiona Douglas - Yorkshire Dialect and Heritage Project Update

17 April : Martin Richards - Archaeogenetics and Human Ancestry
( This Presentation will be followed by our 70th Annual General Meeting )